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July 2016 Urban Sampler

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

Red, White and BBQ! Urban Sampler

Summer is officially here, and the UG has an exciting lineup of wines to keep your palate refreshed! Our July, “Red, White & BBQ” Urban Sampler delivers four wines which are great to bring to your rooftop get-togethers, 4th of July parties, beach outings, and of course — backyard BBQs. Bring this month’s Urban Sampler along on your summer getaways and keep the good vibes going with these crowd-pleasing, thirst-quenching wines!

2014 Caves de Pomerol Picpoul de Pinet 2W 100% Picpoul (Languedoc, France)

Located along the southwestern shores of the Mediterranean in France’s Languedoc, this “Muscadet of the South” is made with picpoul grapes. Pale yellow in color and showing aromas of grapefruit and exotic fruit, this wine delivers great acidity on the palate. A perfect mate with fresh shellfish and seafood this summer!

2015 J. Portugal Ramos Vinho Verde Rosado P 50% Touriga Nacional, 20% Espadeiro, 30% Padeiro (Alentejo, Portugal)    

 João Portugal Ramos, one of Portugal’s most famous winemakers crafts his Vinho Verde Rosado from Touriga Nacional, Padeiro and Espa grapes. This Rosado is bright pink in color and offers fresh fruit aromas on the nose and a long finish on the palate. Perfect as an aperitif, or try with tuna sashimi!

2013 Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 3R 100% Montepulciano (Abruzzo, Italy)

Located in the heart of the Abruzzo, at the foot of the Gran Sasso Mountains, the village of Capestrano is home to an ideal microclimate for growing the Montepulciano varietal. The Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a pleasant medium-bodied wine with aromas and flavors of black cherry, blueberry and plum, and pairs well with a variety of dishes such pizzas, pastas, and cheeses.

2014 Escarlata Red Blend 5R 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 20% Carmenere, 20% Malbec (Valle del Curicó, Chile)

The Escarlata is a red blend of estate grapes grown in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. This four varietal blend exhibits vibrant fresh fruit and a touch of oak to add depth and complexity. Enjoy with dinner, or solo!


June Urban Sampler: Summer Crush!

June Urban Sampler

June 2016 Urban Sampler

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

Summer Crush! Urban Sampler

It is finally heating up and Urban Grape has the perfect companion to enliven your summer escapades. Our June, “Summer Crush” Urban Sampler delivers four wines that are perfect to bring on outdoor dates such as the beach, boat, and backyard BBQs. Introduce this summer crush to friends and family and receive unanimous approval! These wines are perfectly crushable and easy access-no corkscrew necessary!

NV Les Vins Breban Bo Rivage Blanc de Blancs Brut 80% Ugni Blanc, 20% Colombard (Provence, France)

Owner, Jean-Jacques Bréban has partnerships with more than 20 producers, which work in collaboration with “Vins Bréban” in the Var department of Provence. Ugni-Blanc and Colombard are traditional grape varietals, highly appreciated for their aromatic qualities. Bo Rivage Brut is a delightful, refreshing and well-balanced sparkling, which begs for a beachfront view and shellfish!

NV Solimar Vinho Verde 1W Loureiro and Azal (Minho, Portugal)

Northwestern Portugal is home to the Vinho Verde region, producing lovely zingy whites from local grapes. “Verde” meaning green refers to the tradition of drinking Vinho Verde wines while they are young. This fizzy wine with delicate citrus and melon aromas will pair nicely with Asian summer rolls and summer scorchers!

2015 DeMorgenzon “DMZ” Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

DeMorgenzon pipes Baroque music through the vineyards 24×7 because they believe the power of music positively influences the ripening process. This crowd-pleasing rosé combines New World-style fruit with Old World-style elegance. Fire up the grill, this rosé is a match with veggie, or chicken kebabs!

2014 Vina Herminia Tempranillo 4R Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain)

The highest respect for centuries-old traditions, combined with the best terroir in addition to the latest technology summarizes the philosophy at Viña Herminia. This medium bodied Rioja with a long fruity finish makes a perfect threesome with burgers and summer sunsets!



May Urban Sampler: Les Rosés Français!


May 2016 Urban Sampler 

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

“Les Rosés Français!” Urban Sampler
Experience everything French Rosé has to offer with our “Les Rosés Français” May Sampler. Although Provence is often considered the epicenter of rosé, other examples can also be found along the Mediterranean where regional varieties are blended together creating bolder, earthier wines. Expect to find zippier rosés from the Loire Valley where flavors of citrus, mint and even bell pepper are common. In Bordeaux, rosé can lean toward the fruity side with aromas of strawberry and peaches. Experience the ultimate Tour de Rosé— the perfect accompaniment to a Memorial weekend BBQ, or Mother’s Day celebration!

2015 Chateau Nicot Rosé 
50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon (Bordeaux)
Château Nicot is a small Bordeaux property on the Right Bank. Bordeaux rosés typically blend Merlot, which contributes softness, while Cabernet contributes a fresh, grassy, and herbal character. Bordeaux rosé is best enjoyed with seafood!

2015 Alliance Loire Cour de Rohan Rosé
100% Gamay (Coteaux D’Anciens, Loire Valley)
Alliance Loire is a cooperative winery leveraging the combined talents, resources and vineyards of growers situated across several winegrowing villages. This rosé boasts ripe strawberry fruits with attractive acidity and beautiful aromatics. Enjoy with Bucheron Goat cheese!

2015 Chateau Montfaucon ‘Les Gardettes” Rosé
Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache (Rhone Valley)
The history of Château de Montfaucon dates back to the 11th century. Les Gardettes are the two towers that guard the entrance to the castle. Les Gardettes rosé is a rosé de saignée, which pairs better with heartier dishes such as eggplant Provençal or roasted chicken with olives, tomato and basil.

2015 Terra Santa Rosé
100% Sciaccarellu (Corsica)
The Terra Santa vineyards, on the East coast of Corsica, are located between sea and mountain. Because of this ideal setting, the summer heat and the freshness of the night alternatively bath the vineyard. A great BBQ rosé, with peach and watermelon notes make it an ideal partner to accompany salads, and grilled meats.


“Tax Free Trip to the Pacific Northwest!” with UG’s April Sampler


April 2016 Urban Sampler
Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

“Tax Free Trip to the Pacific Northwest!” Urban Sampler
Congratulations, The Urban Grape offers you a special tax break this April featuring four delicious wines in our “Tax Free Trip to the Pacific Northwest” Urban Sampler. These wines from Oregon and Washington serve as a welcome break from our least favorite April chores: spring-cleaning and filing taxes. Though we think of Pacific Northwesterners living in a continuous rainy season, the eastern part of Oregon and Washington is actually in a rain shadow, ideal for grape growing! Enjoy this tax-free sampler— the perfect reward to a taxing season!

2013 Peralta Pinot Grigio (Yakima Valley, WA) 3W

We’ve come to expect great Pinot Gris from Oregon, but in a delightful twist, experience this Washington Pinot Grigio, which will send your spring into full bloom! The wine is nicely balanced with a creamy citrusy finish. Pairs well with any fresh catch!

2015 Anew Rose (Columbia Valley, WA) P
Syrah and Sangiovese Blend
ANEW wines are produced by Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington and showcase the regional expression of the Columbia Valley. This crisp, vibrant and dry rose is a great match for goat cheese-centric dishes.

2014 Union Wine Company Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, OR) 2R
This Pinot draws from vineyards across the state representing the hard working people of Oregon. Each site adds its unique mark to the final blend, which highlights the juicy flavors of Oregon Pinot at an extraordinary price. Perfect with Tuna Tartar, or BBQ Chicken!

2013 Portteus Bistro Red (Yakima Valley, WA) 5R
58% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Franc
The Portteus “Bistro Red” is a wine intended for everyday enjoyment. Much of Paul Portteus’ wine philosophy revolves around affordable wine made to drink often. Cherry, raspberry, currant and licorice notes pair well with rainy April evenings and steak frites.


Make it Rain….Spanish Wine!! with UG’s March Sampler


March 2016 Urban Sampler
Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

“Make it Rain…Spanish Wine!” Urban Sampler
Spanish wines offer exceptional value and a perfect entry point into European wines. You can find a broad selection of fruity, crowd-pleasing wines using fun, native Spanish grapes many of which were introduced by the Phoenicians in 800 BC! Experience our “Make it Rain…Spanish Wine” Urban Sampler featuring 4 great selections that pair perfectly with casual Spanish fare such as potato tortilla, cured meats, and empanadas. Live “La Vida Loca”, while sipping delicious vino!

NV Dibon Cava Rosado Garnacha (Penedes, Spain) B
Dibon’s Garnacha-based Cava Rosado develops its signature sparkle by undergoing a second fermentation in the bottle (just like Champagne) and aging for 12-18 months. This crisp bubbly is full of spiced red fruits and is the perfect vino to ring in spring!

2013 Protocolo Blanco Arien, Macabeo (La Mancha) 2W
Protocolo’s vineyards are located on the northeast edge of the D.O. La Mancha, one of the world’s largest wine regions! Protocolo Blanco contains aromas of fresh fruit, while the palate shows silky texture with bright acidity. Delish with shellfish!

2014 Cortijo Rioja Tinto 100% Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain) 4R
Cortijo Rioja Tinto comes from organically grown Tempranillo, aged in 50% old French oak and 50% stainless steel tanks. This Spanish red offers berry fruits, pepper and smoke with soft tannins, and a long finish. The freshness of this wine makes it pair perfectly with a Spanish sampler of cured meats, and roasted veggies.

2014 Los Dos 85% Garnacha, 15% Syrah (Aragon, Spain) 5R
Los Dos, (Spanish for “both”) reflects the blend of two complementary grape varieties, Garnacha and Syrah from the Campo de Borja DO in the northeastern region of Aragón. The soft berry flavor of Grenache meets the depth and complexity of Syrah. Pairs perfectly with casual fare, such as pizza, hamburgers, and ribs.


January Urban Sampler: It’s Summer Somewhere!

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Four Bottles of Wine Handpicked By Our Staff, Always $50!

We may be experiencing freezing temperatures and a case of the winter doldrums in the northern hemisphere, but head below the equator with our Urban Sampler and you’ll be bathed in vibrant sunshine. So leave the gloom behind and head South of the Border to enjoy some liquid sunshine from South Africa, Australia, Chile and Argentina.

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“Wines Yule Love” Urban Sampler

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The winter holidays are upon us! December is a time to celebrate and create memories, while enjoying delicious food in the comfort of family and friends. In our December “Wines Yule Love” Urban Sampler, we have selected four European wines that will add a little EURO sophistication to your holiday celebration. The Urban Grape family wishes your and yours a safe and happy holiday season!

NV Le Culture Pianer Extra Dry Prosecco 100% Glera (Veneto, Italy)
Colture Prosecco comes from one of Italy’s best areas for bubbly called Valdobbiadene in the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy. This D.O.C.G. area makes a more complex Prosecco with spicy pear notes, and a velvety mouthful. Ideal served as an aperitif, Colture Prosecco is the perfect bubbly to uncork the holidays!

2014 Château Les Pasquets Bordeaux Blanc 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle (Bordeaux, France) 2W
Historically, Château Les Pasquets Entre-Deux-Mers vineyards enjoy ideal sun exposure and particularly fertile soils. This Bordeaux blanc is very elegant with crisp acidity, which proves to be the perfect match with Pesto Pasta!

2013 Huber Hugo Red 80% Zweigelt, 20% Blaufrankisch (Trainsental, Austria) 4R
At the age of twenty-three, Markus Huber took over his family’s winery in the Traisental region. Hugo is a blend of Austrian favorites Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch and is the epitome of cheery and bright in a glass! Try Hugo with grilled sausages, or a meatball sandwich!

2014 Laya Almansa Red 70% Grenache Tintorera, 30% Monastrell (Almansa, Spain) 9R
Bodegas Atalaya is situated in the Almansa D.O. at an altitude of 2600 feet on largely limestone soil. Laya is a Garnacha Tintoera (aka Alicante Bouschet) and Monastrell blend aged in French oak for 4 months before bottling. This wine explodes with cassis, blueberry, herbs and mocha. Perfect paired with a fireplace and rocking chair!


November 2015 Urban Sampler


Check out this month’s Urban Sampler – Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50.

“Grape Gobbler”

Thanksgiving is all about the joy of gathering with family and friends over a magnificent feast, but it can also be highly stressful with so much to do and so little time. The Urban Grape has preselected 4 wines for your holiday gathering, which will take one item off your plate during this frantic holiday. Our “Grape Gobbler” Urban Sampler features two whites and two reds, which are sure to pair with all the dishes on your holiday table from Turkey to sides and everything in between!

2013 Evolúció Furmint 100% Furmint (Tokaji, Hungary)

Evolúció Furmint comes from 30-year-old vines grown on a mix of volcanic soils. This wine, features aromas of fresh pears, tropical fruits and white flowers. A lush texture struck with an herbal finish leaves you feeling lip-smacking good. A match with roasted Brussel Spouts!

2012 J Bookwalter Couplet Blend 60% Chardonnay, 40% Viognier (Columbia Valley, WA)

This luscious blend of Chardonnay and Viognier features hints of pears, ripe lemons, apples accompanied by Asian spices. The bright, fresh fruit flavors are enhanced by a touch of sweetness and racy acidity. Perfect with a range of selections from sweet potatoes to drumsticks!

2014 Lucky Star Pinot Noir 95% Pinot Noir 5% Syrah (California)

Lucky Star Pinot Noir brings good luck to all who enjoy a glass. Fragrant aromas of raspberry, black cherry and baking spice lead to a lush palate of jammy red fruit. A touch of Syrah makes this wine able to stand up to turkey topped with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce!

2012 Château de Calce Cotes de Roussillon Rouge Grenache, Carignan, Syrah (Roussillon, FR)

The Roussillon region in southwestern France is great area for value for those who like a spicy aromatic red blend. This blend features blackberry, and a hint of licorice with ripe tannins and a note of freshness. This Roussillon rouge is the perfect sipper to catch up with family and friends around the table.


October 2015 Urban Sampler

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Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50. Learn more about October’s Sampler after the jump!

“Wines to Crow About” Urban Sampler

For the month of Halloween, UG celebrates the crow in October’s “Wines to Crow About” sampler featuring 4 wines from Washington State’s Corvidae Wine Company. Corvidae is the Latin name for the family of birds that includes the Crow, Raven, Jay and Magpie. These “dark” birds are everywhere in the vineyards of Eastern Washington. Their reputation as crafty, adaptable, and somewhat dubious characters is a fitting icon for the suspiciously terrific value wines from this region. So be wise like the crow, and enjoy these great wines from the hauntingly beautiful Pacific Northwest.

2013 Corvidae Ravenna Riesling 3W

Sourced from the Yakima Valley, the 2013 Ravenna Riesling underwent fermentation in 100% stainless steel to keep all of the bright aromatics in place. A touch of residual sugar gives this wine beautiful texture, while the clean, natural acidity provides a focused attack and a crisp finish. Enchanting with Pumpkin Seed Brittle.

2013 Corvidae Mirth Chardonnay 5W

Mirth means happiness and this wine is just that! Sourced from multiple sites in the Yakima Valley, this Chardonnay shows flavors of golden delicious apples, Meyer lemon and just a hint of ripe tropical fruit. Tempting with a Candy Apple!

2013 Corvidae Rook Merlot 5R

The 2013 Rook showcases world-class Merlot grown in the cooler, higher elevation sites in the Columbia Valley. The wine was aged in mostly neutral French oak to keep the bright fruit flavors lively. Sinfully delicious with Pollo alla Diavola (devil’s-style chicken).

2013 Corvidae Lenore Syrah 8R

Lenore Syrah is powerful and intensely concentrated. The hillside vines in Yakima contribute fragrance, texture, and purity of fruit flavors. Devilishly good with a Monster Meatball Sandwich!